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Honoring the practice of rest, CMW will be on a fall hiatus until January 2021. We will respond to any blog submissions at that time.

The Chicana M(other)work Blog is accepting submissions that discuss, share, and challenge the experiences of mothers, parents, other-mothers, hijxs, and teachers through an intersectional lens (race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc). We are especially interested in publishing testimonios by self-identified Chicana and Women of Color Mother-scholars (cis and trans), gender non-conforming and non-binary people of color, as well as allies who center mothering as an act of transformative labor within and beyond academia.


To be considered, please submit an original unpublished (including print and online publications) manuscript of 700-1500 words, a title, and a 150-word biography in Microsoft Word. Please also include a high resolution photo as a jpeg file, which will complement your published work. We also accept anonymous submissions. Submissions should be sent to:


Unfortunately, we cannot offer compensation for publication because we are a grassroots collective. Likewise, because we are a volunteer collective, please allow one-month from your date of submission for us to get back to you. We look forward to reading your testimonios!


Should your work be accepted for publication elsewhere in the future, we ask that you please provide visible credit as site of initial publication to The Chicana M(other)work Blog or a link to our page.

Recent Posts

A Chicana Mother-Scholar with Imposter Syndrome in a Doctoral Program

Last year in my writing course, the professor asked the class to write and perform a “90-second thesis statement” about our dissertation research. This is similar to the 3-minute thesis competition or “elevator pitch.” The following week, we were going to perform our statement in front of the class and were going to be judged and scored on our “pitch.” The “thesis competition” activity made me extremely anxious. I am an “eternal” student—I have been part of the program for more than 5 years. For years, I personally decided to isolate myself from school activities, socials, and classes. I felt too embarrassed to “still” be in the program. Being asked, “What year are you? When are you graduati

Deadlines and Bedtimes: Creating a Space as a Single Mamá in Academia

“Do you need lunch money?” my father asked me, holding a twenty dollar bill to me as I find myself holding back tears in a Burger King at the El Paso airport. I was clinging to my sick three-year-old and giving a hundred kisses while getting ready to board a 4-hour flight to Indianapolis to attend another academic conference this past March. I realized that letting go of our babies, sick or not, never gets any easier no matter how old they are. As we waved goodbye, I found myself yearning for a world where academia and single motherhood were kinder to one another. By the time the plane finally took off, I had gently reminded myself that I was successfully managing to simultaneously navigate

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